November 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 11

November 11th is officially Singles Day and Origami Day.

Welcome to day 315 of 365! We’re only 50 days away from celebrating the new year… but it’s probably too early to be thinking about that yet.

People who were born on this day all share the Scorpio star sign.

Today was an incredible day in history. If you’re wondering why then you’re at the right place! Here we are going to look at the most interesting things that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1918, Poland became an independent country? Due to partitioning in the 18th Century, Poland had not existed for 123 years before this.

Keep reading for more facts about November 11th in history!

What Happened On November 11 In History?


Canada’s second-largest city, Montreal, started dumping untreated waste in the Saint Lawrence River.

The city said it was necessary to dump untreated waste into the river for up to a week while essential sewage works were happening in the town. Many environmentalists at the time raised their concern; however, the city responded by saying that if repairs were not taken care of, it could result in ever worse environmental issues down the line with raw sewage.

British writer J. R. R. Tolkien, famous for writing The Lord of The Rings fantasy novels, published his second volume of the series; The Two Towers.


Poland became an independent country.

The country claimed independence from the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires.

The portable fire escape was patented by Daniel McCree in the US.

The device was designed to be placed near a window in a building and allowed people to descend safely outside.

The Manchester Ship Canal started its construction in Eastham, England.


Inventor Alan Clark was granted his patent for the telescope.


Chrysanthemums were believed to have been introduced from China to England on this day.


German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time.

Leibniz had been working alongside Sir Issac Newton for many years on calculus. Leibniz did not publish his findings until 1684.

Christopher Columbus discovered Sint Maarten in the West Indies.

OTD in 1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Sint Maarten in the West Indies.
The island is called St. Martin with the southern portion of it still called Sint Maarten.

Pope Innocent III brought together the council for the Fourth Council of the Lateran, which was held at the Lateran Palace in Rome, Italy.

Did you know that on this day, November 11th 1918, Poland became an independent country?